Tense, claustrophobic, intelligently written, strangely poetic, competently directed, and expertly-subtly as acted. This movie is a great showcase of lockdown/quarantine filmmaking that manages to feel relevant to today’s times without feeling forced or pandering. That being said, it’s nothing spectacular, and definitely feel akin/derivative of Buried (2011), Moon (2009), and The Signal(2015), but it’s an enjoyable watch that is time more well spent than wasted.
Renata Adler of The New York Times put it well: "somewhere between hypnotic and immensely boring.”
Maybe I’ve just seen the seeds that this movie has sown too many times to be impressed. Impossible to say, I guess. Sure makes me dislike Interstellar (2014, Nolan) even more now, considering how much that copies this.
The ONLY disservice this movie does to the real life story (which I’d never heard before- American education at its finest 🙄) is that despite how incredible Stanfield and Kaluuya are (they’re on an untouchable level ), they’re way too old to give the impact the real life story deserves. I was in utter shock to read the end-credit title cards listing their real-life ages: 17 and 21. Otherwise, phenomenal movie.